The Rough Riders
Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and New Mexico In 1898, Theodore Roosevelt was granted his wish of raising a volunteer regiment from the nation’s frontier of Indian and Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico Territories. The enlistees followed Roosevelt into the battles of Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Although the regiment was commissioned for only 150 days, the personal ties remained for decades, renewed at reunions of the regiment, many held in Las Vegas.
The Duncan Opera House
For decades, Las Vegas was one of the major commercial and cultural stops along the Santa Fe Trail and then the Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe railway. At one point, Las Vegas could boast four opera houses. The Duncan was the most famous and longest lived.
Rolling along the Santa Fe Trail
Long after the Trail ceased to be a major travel route, it remained a romantic image in the minds of Americans. The Trail, or its memory, found its way into movies, songs, books, tours and trade goods. Many portrayals were less than accurate, but the public loved them anyway.
La Casita Material culture is a good indicator of the larger environment. This typical northern New Mexico home shows the continuity and adaptation of traditional materials and acceptance of new technologies and ideas in its rooms that date from 1865, 1880 and 1935.
In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum features changing exhibits about topical subjects.